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Friday, July 7th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St Matthew 9:9-13.


Friday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time

7 July 2017

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post.

He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint Matthew 9:9-13.

As Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the customs post. He said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.
While he was at table in his house, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat with Jesus and his disciples.
The Pharisees saw this and said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?”
He heard this and said, “Those who are well do not need a physician, but the sick do.
Go and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ I did not come to call the righteous but sinners.”

 

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Friday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time

7 July 2017

Commentary of the day

Saint Augustine

(354-430), Bishop of Hippo (North Africa)

and Doctor of the Church
Commentary on the 1st Letter of John, § 8,10

“It is mercy I desire”

In loving your enemy, you want him to be your brother. You do not love in him what he is but what you want him to be. Let us imagine some oak wood that has not been carved. A capabable craftsman sees this piece of wood that has been cut in the forest; he likes the wood. I do not know what he wants to make out of it but the artist does not love that piece of wood so that it might remain as it is. His art lets him see what the wood can become. He does not love the plain wood; he loves what he will make of it, not the rough wood.

That is how God loved us when we were sinners. For he said: “People who are in good health do not need a doctor; sick people do.” Did he love us sinners so that we might remain sinners? The craftsman saw us like a piece of rough wood coming from the forest and what he had in mind was the work he would draw out of it, not the wood from the forest.

It is the same with you: you see your enemy who opposes you, who overwhelms you with scathing words, who is harsh in his insults, who pursues you with his hatred. But you are attentive to the fact that he is a human being. You see everything that this person did against you, and you see in him that he was created by God. What he is as a human being is God’s work; the hatred he bears towards you is his own work. And what do you say to yourself? “Lord, be kind to him, forgive his sins, inspire him with fear of you, change him.” In that person you do not love what he is but what you want him to be. Thus, when you love your enemy, you love a brother.

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Friday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time

7 July 2017

Saints of the day

St. Pantaenus,

Father of the Church,

(+ c. 216)

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SAINT PANTÆNUS
Father of the Church
(+c. 216)

        This learned father and apostolic man flourished in the second century. He was by birth a Sicilian, by profession a Stoic philosopher. His esteem for virtue led him into an acquaintance with the Christians, and being charmed with the innocence and sanctity of their conversation, he opened his eyes to the truth. He studied the Holy Scriptures under the disciples of the apostles, and his thirst after sacred learning brought him to Alexandria, in Egypt, where the disciples of St. Mark had instituted a school of the Christian doctrine.

         Pantænus sought not to display his talents in that great mart of literature and commerce; but this great progress in sacred learning was after some time discovered, and he was drawn out of that obscurity in which his humility sought to bury itself. Being placed at the head of the Christian school some time before the year 179, by his learning and excellent manner of teaching he raised its reputation above all the schools of the philosophers, and the lessons which he read, and which were gathered from the flowers of the prophets and apostles, conveyed light and knowledge into the minds of all his hearers.   

        The Indians who traded at Alexandria entreated him to pay their country a visit, whereupon he forsook his school and went to preach the Gospel to the Eastern nations. St. Pantænus found some seeds of the faith already sown in the Indies, and a book of the Gospel of St. Matthew in Hebrew, which St. Bartholomew had carried thither. He brought it back with him to Alexandria, whither he returned after he had zealously employed some years in instructing the Indians in the faith.

         St. Pantænus continued to teach in private till about the year 216, when he closed a noble and excellent life by a happy death.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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Friday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time

7 July 2017

Saints of the day

Bl. María Romero Meneses

(1902-1977)

BLESSED MARÍA ROMERO MENESES
Salesian Sister
(1902-1977)

        Blessed María Romero Meneses, Salesian Sister, Social Apostle of Costa Rica, born in Granada, Nicaragua, on 13th of January 1902, died on July 7th, 1977 at Leòn, Nicaragua. Her body rests in the Salesian chapel at San José, Costa Rica. In Costa Rica María was a social apostle through a multiplicity of initiatives designed for the needs of the poor, starting with teaching catechism and vocational skills and finishing with a medical centre, a school for teaching the social doctrine of the Church and seven villages for poor families.

        She was one of eight children of an upper class family of Nicaragua. She was beautifully educated by her aunts and her parents. Since she had artistic talent, her parents had María trained in drawing and painting as well as in piano and violin by outstanding teachers. She was also enrolled in the Salesian Sisters’ school. In 1914 when she was 12, she underwent a year of sickness whose miraculous cure led to her total confidence in Our Lady, Help of Christians and to the vision of her Salesian vocation.

        María came down with a serious form of rheumatic fever that paralyzed her for six months, a real source of trial and suffering because it made her miss a year at her beloved school. However, during this trial, María already showed a mature faith, character and will. She called her sufferings “gifts of God”. Even when a doctor informed her that her heart had been seriously damaged, she did not complain, but put her confidence for a complete recovery in Our Lady, Help of Christians.

        To a school friend who visited her, she said after receiving heavenly guidance, “I know that the Blessed Virgin will cure me”. A few days later, María returned to school in good health; no one could believe she had ever been so sick.

        On December 8th, 1915 María joined the Marian Association “Daughters of Mary” offering herself with great confidence to the Mother of God. Her Salesian spiritual director Don Emilio Bottari helped her discern her vocation and her mystical experiences. In 1920, at age of 18, María joined the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians. Her spiritual director Fr Emilio Bottari gave her a prophetic recommendation: “Even though difficult moments will come and you will feel torn to pieces, be faithful and strong in your vocation”. For María, these words sustained her for the rest of her religious life.

        On January 6th, 1929 in Nicaragua, María made her final profession. Her interior life unfolded as each day she strived to live joyful union with God as his instrument, after the example of Don Bosco as is apparent from her spiritual writings.

        In 1931 she was sent to San José, Costa Rica, which became her second country. In 1933 she was teaching music, drawing, and typing to the rich girls in the school, while beginning in the barrios with catechetics and practical trades. In 1934 Sr María began to win over the young girls who were her students in the school (misioneritas) to join her in the work of evangelizing, catechizing and advancing materially the oppressed, isolated and abused. She found the shape of her life’s work:  bringing about the revolution of charity by inspiring the have’s to help the have-not’s. In 1945 she began to set up recreational centres; in 1953 centres for the distribution of food. In 1961 she opened a casita as a school for poor girls. In 1966 a clinic where God’s Providence helped her with the volunteer services of fine doctors and donations of needed medicines. Soon she started to plan a village so poor families could have decent homes. On a piece of land outside the city, María began to build homes. In 1973, the first seven homes were built in the Centro San José. Then a farm and a market along with school space for religious formation, catechesis and job training.

        There was also a church dedicated to Our Lady, Help of Christians. María always joined love and devotion to the Eucharist and Mary with her social apostolate. María was very “limited” in terms of available funding; but, with total confidence, she always left everything in the hands of Our Lady since it was God’s work. In her old age, she retired from full time teaching but never from catechesis of young and old. On July 7th, 1977, in Leon, Nicaragua in the Salesian house where she had been sent for a good rest, María died of a fatal heart attack at 75 years old. Her mortal remains were sent back to San José Costa Rica, to be buried in the Salesian Chapel.

        She was beatified by John Paul II on April 14th, 2002.

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Friday of the Thirteenth week in Ordinary Time

7 July 2017

Saints of the day

Bl. Ralph Milner & Roger Dickenson

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Bl. Ralph Milner & Fr. Roger Dickenson
British Martyrs

These two men lived in England at a time when the practice of one’s Catholic faith meant imprisonment and possible execution. Ralph Milner was an elderly, illiterate farmer, the father of eight children, from Flacstead, Hampshire. He was brought up as a Protestant but was so impressed by the lives of his Catholic neighbors that he took instructions and was received into the Catholic Faith. On the very day of his First Communion, he was arrested for having changed his religion and imprisoned in the Winchester jail.

Farmer Milner’s behavior in prison was such that he gained the respect and trust of the prison guards and so was granted frequent parole during which he could come and go at will. He made use of these times to see to the spiritual and temporal needs of his fellow prisoners and to aid and escort undercover Catholic priests. This is how he came into contact with the secular priest, Father Roger Dickenson (sometimes spelled Dicconsen).

Father Dickenson was a native of Lincoln who had studied for the priesthood in Rheims, France. In 1583 he was sent on a mission to England and was imprisoned soon afterwards but managed to escape when his guards got drunk. He was not so fortunate the second time he was arrested, this time with Ralph Milner who had been escorting him around the local villages. The two men were put under close confinement at the Winchester jail; Father Dickenson was charged with the crime of being a Catholic priest, Ralph Milner for aiding him.

At their trial, the judge took pity on the elderly farmer and made several attempts to set him free, urging him to merely visit a Protestant church as a matter of form. Since to Ralph Milner this would have been tantamount to renouncing his new-found Faith, he refused, saying that he could not “embrace a counsel so disagreeable to the maxims of the gospel.”

On July 7, 1591, the day of execution, Ralph Milner’s children were escorted to the gallows, begging him to renounce his Faith and so save his life, but again he refused. He gave them his final blessing, declaring that “he could wish them no greater happiness than to die for the like cause.” The two men were hanged, drawn, and quartered; it is said that they faced their deaths calmly and with great courage.

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